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iKnow Community: Rafael Popper

Dr Rafael Popper

Finland Principal Scientist (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd)
United Kingdom Innovation Director & CEO (Futures Diamond Ltd)
Dr. Rafael Popper (PhD) is Principal Scientist at VTT (Finland). He is also Director of Executive Education on Foresight and Sustainable Futures at The University of Manchester in the UK. He was also Visiting Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Russia. He has over twenty years of experience working in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
Language(s): Spanish, Hungarian, English

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Dr Popper has worked as expert or consultant for the European Commission, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank, United Nations Economic and Social Council, UN-REDD, among others. He has also been Director of iKnow; Leader of the Mapping activities of the European Foresight Platform (EFP) and Principal Investigator of MIoIR Horizon Scanning activities in the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI).

Dr Popper has been Scientific Coordinator and Principal Investigator in several European Union funded foresight initiatives and his main areas of work include: ‘foresight’ as an instrument of policy, the development of foresight and horizon scanning methodology, the design of forward-looking activities and their evaluation. He has been member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Rationales for the European Research Area and other foresight advisory boards.

As for his teaching, Rafael has been Co-Director of postgraduate courses on foresight at the University of Manchester and Co-Director of Executive Education courses for Foresight organisers, sponsors and practitioners. He has been guest lecturer in many European and Latin American countries and he has designed and delivered short courses and keynote speeches for a large variety of audiences in the public, private and academic sectors.

Basic information
Gender :
Status :
Most prominent role :
Researcher in higher educational institution
Education qualification :
Languages :
Spanish, Hungarian, English
Primary Work information
Type of employer :
Public sector research performer other than HEI
Employer :
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Location :
Finland Finland
Position :
Principal Scientist
Main activities :
Outreach, Teaching, Training, Research
Secondary Work information
Type of employer :
Commercial organisation (including consultancy) fewer than 250 employees
Employer :
Futures Diamond Ltd
Location :
Position :
Innovation Director & CEO
Main activities :
Outreach, Teaching, Training, Research, Administrative
Other activities :
Research information
Interest in Cooperative research related to :
• Nuclear research
• Security
• Space
• Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities
• Transport (including aeronautics)
• Environment (including Climate Change)
• Energy
• Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials & new production technologies
• ICT - Information & communication technologies
• Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
• Health
Interest in Individual research related to :
• Interdisciplinary
Interest in Capacity building research related to :
• SMEs
• Cooperation
• Science and society
• Regions
• Infrastructures
Interest in Individual capacity building such as... :
• Research mobility and career development
Interest in JRC thematic priorities such as :
• Europe as a world partner
• Security and freedom
• Solidarity and the responsible management of resources
• Prosperity in a knowledge intensive society
Type of research :
• Relevant for national/regional non-commercial external organisations (including the public sector)
• Relevant for intergovernmental non-commercial external organisations (e.g. European Union, United Nations, OECD)
• Focused on a general area of commercial interest to business and/or industry
• Applied in a commercial context
Other type of research :
• Latin America, Middle East, sustainability
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